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Randy Appleton

Guide to Virginia Personal Injury Law

My law partner Rick Shapiro has put together a comprehensive summary of Virginia tort law. He put together this summary as part of a major seminar for the Virginia State Bar where Rick presented to fellow Virginia attorney about personal […]

Randy Appleton

How Dangerous Are Stop Sign Intersections?

A multi-vehicle accident in Newport News killed one victim and left nine other people injured. The crash occurred Saturday afternoon, at approximately 3:00, at the intersection of Harpersville Road and Louise Drive. Police say a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling […]

Rick Shapiro

Overdoses While Driving: A Frightening New Car Accident Trend

Our Virginia personal injury law firm regularly shares reports regarding car accidents that were caused by distracted driving, drowsy driving, and drunk driving. In the majority of these auto accidents, victims suffered serious injuries, and tragically, we have also reported […]

Kevin Duffan

CDC: U.S. Has Highest Death Crash Rate

A recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that the United States has the highest car crash death rate compared with 19 other high-income comparison countries. Despite the progress the U.S. has made in road […]

Rick Shapiro

Acura’s Message to Owners: We’re Just Like the Rest

Acura, the luxury car division of Honda, enjoys a fine reputation in the United States built up over 25 years of innovation, according to Acura.com.  However, the Acura brand is demonstrating no difference from Ford, Chevrolet and other car manufacturers involved […]

Kevin Duffan

Why Attempting to Negotiate with an Insurance Company Without a Lawyer is a Mistake

Mantra of auto insurance claims adjusters and defense attorneys – Delay. Deny. Defend. Simply put, an auto insurance company’s main objective is not compensating you, even if you have documented injuries stemming from a car wreck. In fact, many auto […]

Rick Shapiro

Study: Emotional Driving, Reckless Speeding Top Risk Factors for Serious Car Crashes

A follow-up to a seminal 2009 Virginia Tech study that showed distractions like taking a cell phone can take drivers’ eyes off the road for as long as 24 seconds has revealed that so-called “emotional driving” and speeding recklessly do […]

Kevin Duffan

Does a Prior Injury Effect My Auto Accident Injury Claim?

Moving forward with a personal injury claim after a car accident, while having a pre-existing injury, can be challenging, but is not entirely impossible. The insurance company will likely tell you that your “new” injuries, if they exist at all, […]

Rick Shapiro

Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter

It’s the time of year when the roads get icy, snowy, and treacherous. Though, it’s been rather balmy in Virginia Beach during the “winter” of 2015 (knock on wood). Nevertheless, this blog is meant to provide some essential safety tips […]

Rick Shapiro

Top 10 Civil Justice Stories of 2015, Part One

Attorney-inventor-author Richard N. (Rick) Shapiro frequently blogs at Virginia Beach Legal Examiner and he wrote the 2015 international award winning fiction thriller Taming The Telomeres. In addition to being a published, award-winning author, he a prolific American inventor/product designer. Special […]